Richard A. Soderberg |

Richard A. Soderberg

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Aspen, CO ColoradoLongtime Aspen resident Richard A. Soderberg, 75, formerly of Chicago Heights, Ill., peacefully passed away after a long illness on Saturday, April 7, 2007. He was born on Aug. 6, 1931, to Roy and Edna (Kruger) Soderberg. He was married to Mildred (Millie) Sala for 49 years.

Richard purchased his father’s business, Soderberg Plumbing and Heating, where, as a master plumber, he continued the fine service for 38 years. He also worked as a part-time plumber with his son, Daniel, owner of ABCD Soderberg Plumbing and Heating in Aspen. Richard’s motto was, “My work is guaranteed 100 percent,” and he lived and worked by this motto.Richard served in the U.S. Coast Guard for four years, based in Boston, and traveled to Ireland and Nova Scotia frequently. While living in the Heights, Richard was a member of the Chicago Heights Country Club, the Order of Moose, American Legion and the Masons-Scottish Rites. He also belonged to the Shriners-Medinah Temple, Polish Falcons, Nest 42, the Chicago Heights and the Home Builders Club.

Upon his retirement, Richard moved to Florida to join his wife in their real estate business. There, he became a member of the Polish American Club in Pulaski, and the Polish American Social Club of Hudson. He was also a volunteer at Bayonet Point Hospital.We have been blessed to have had Richard in our lives. He was a wonderful husband, who referred to his wife as “my bride.” He was also a proud father of his son “Danny Boy.” Millie’s parents thought “Dick was one of the best son-in-laws.” His grandchildren also thought the world of him.

Richard will always be remembered by his friends and family as a true gentleman who could talk to anyone about anything. He is survived by his wife Millie (Sala) and son Daniel and family Linda, Ashley and Logan of Aspen. Richard has one surviving brother, Donald and wife Sally of Atlanta, Ga., and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Roy and in-laws Frank and Helen Sala.A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at North Meadow/Avon Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to hospice, Parkinsons organizations or your favorite charity. Masses could be offered at any Catholic church or your favorite charity.

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